If you are traveling to Korea for COP12, please check if you need a visa! To find out if you need a visa pleace go to and

The government of Korea distinguishes between three categories:


1) Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements

“Nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Korea without a visa as long as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they want to engage in profitable activities such as employment, they must apply for a Korean visa suitable for their purpose.”

List of countries under Visa Waiver Agreements with Korea


2) Designated visa-free entry

  • Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions.
  • Nationals of the following countries are allowed up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation
  • Exceptions: Canada is allowed up to 6 months, and United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, and Japan are allowed up to 90 days. visa free countries


3) Visa required to enter Korea

There is no official list available so you have to check by exclusion from the other lists.

Visa Application Process (from:

  • Application for a Korean visa must be made at a Korean embassy or consulate outside Korea.
  • All visa applicants are required to submit a completed application form, a valid passport, a passport-sized (3.5cm x 4.5cm) color photo taken within six months of the application date, other documents as determined by the status of their country, and a visa processing fee.
  • The visa processing fees are as follows:
    a. Single-entry visa (less than 90 days): USD 30
    b. Single-entry visa (more than 90 days): USD 50
    c. Multiple-entry visa: US$ 80
    d. Chinese group tourist visa: USD 10 per person

Sample of Republic of Korea Visa: 273396_1_6

(1) Visa Number: Visa issuance serial number
(2) Status: Classification of visa holders by activity or status while in Korea
(3) Period of Sojourn: Permitted term of stay starting from the date of entry into Korea
(4) Visa Type: Type of visa such as single-entry, multiple-entry, etc. (S: single-entry visa, M: multiple-entry visa)
(5) Issue Date: The date the visa was issued
(6) Expiration Date: Valid term of visa, i.e. the date until the visa remains effective. The visa holder must depart Korea before this date. Visa is automatically rendered void after this date.
(7) Issuing Place: Information on the location where the visa was issued

Participants experiencing requiring any visa-related assistance are requested to contact the designated focal person below:

Ms. Alice Oh Coex (Professional Convention Organizer)
#1602 Danam Tower, 10 Sowol-ro, Jung-gu,
Seoul 100-704 Republic of Korea
Fax: +82-2-779-7607


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